Michael D. BarneyMichael D. Barney, age 59, resident of Michigan, ND, died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
Mike was born October 12, 1953 at McVille, ND, the son of Milton and Charlotte (Bonde) Barney. He was baptized at Melrose Lutheran Church and spent most of his youth on the farm established by his great grandparents located south of Michigan. He attended school in Michigan and graduated with the class of 1971. He then attended NDSSS at Wahpeton. Following his education, Mike was employed by the U.S. Geological Service in Arkansas, Kansas, and Plainview, MN, where he met his wife Jennifer Jacobs. They were married October 19, 1974 in Plainview. They lived in Elgin, MN until moving to Michigan, ND in 1975. Mike worked various carpentry jobs until he established Prairie Builders with Dale “Whoski” Staniszewski in March of 1988. Mike was a lifelong, passionate outdoorsman and he shared his love of it with everyone around him. He was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren who will miss their “Papa Dude”. He enjoyed telling stories and spending time at the shop.